Rose Hendry & Isla Badenoch, 'THE DEAD ARE JEWELS TO ME'

1 — 31 July 2023

Rose Hendry & Isla Badenoch, ‘THE DEAD ARE JEWELS TO ME’, 2020. Courtesy of the artists.

THE DEAD ARE JEWELS TO ME’ is a creative response to a forensic jeweller’s craft and interrogates whether a new scientific practice could unearth hidden stories that lie beneath a surface.

THE DEAD ARE JEWELS TO ME’ takes us into the mind of Dr Maria Maclennan FRSA, the world’s first forensic jeweller. There is a common presumption that Maria’s work is like an episode of a CSI drama. Maria’s practice is both subtle and deeply emotive, beyond the singular objective of solving a crime. A practice that opens up questions.

Working with Maria to artfully visualise her alternative approach within the field of forensics, this film presents a different type of forensic aesthetic. A sensitive cinematic lens visualises what Dr Maria sees and thinks as she undertakes a romanticised fictitious case-study. What is triggered by a ring with a missing stone? Through scripting an interior monologue in partnership with Maria, her narration guides us alongside experimental visual techniques.

THE DEAD ARE JEWELS TO ME’ delves under the surfaces of a piece of jewellery to look closely at what could be revealed of a person’s life.

Rose Hendry

Rose Hendry is a filmmaker from rural Fife, based between London and rural Perthshire. Her interest with the artistic possibilities of film began studying Time Based Art, a graduate of Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, leading into directing short films, advertising campaigns and music videos, across fiction and documentary. She has been supported by BFI Network, LUX Scotland, Screen Scotland, BBC Arts, Creative Scotland, Scottish Film Talent Network and IdeasTap. Her films have screened at BAFTA qualifying film festivals and broadcast on BBC4, and have been nominated for Best Writing and Best Music.

Isla Badenoch

Isla Badenoch is a writer, director and artist from the rural borderlands of the UK. Her work is grounded in her roots as a self-taught documentary filmmaker, telling unexpected stories with kindred spirits leading unusual lives. Isla’s films have been selected for multiple OSCAR + BAFTA-qualifying festivals, longlisted for BIFA Best British Short Film Award, broadcast on BBC4 and online on Short of the Week, Vimeo Staff Picks, WaterBear and Minute Shorts. She has been commissioned and supported through BFI Network, BFI New Writers Lab, DocSociety, Film Wales, Arts Council England, BBC Arts, LUX Scotland and Screen Scotland.

Image description: A body covered in a glowing blue fabric floats in a dark room framed by desks and large windows behind.

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